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a tax hike, that drove us far into the red. but other numbers are more horrifying, roughly 800 americans lost limbs, many tens of thousands of more are fighting ptsd, dealing with traumatic brain injury, and the iraqis are still suffering. the wave of bombings in iraq marked the tenth anniversary. dozens died. this was last week, a bloody reminder of the human cost since march 19, 2003, when the first u.s. bombs fell. in the wake of 9/11, president bush and secretary of state colin powell made the case that saddam hussein was set to use weapons of mass destruction. the u.s. invasion was easy, but the mission was not accomplished by that may, even though some insist today u.s. forces did succeed. war planner douglas fife. >> saddam was in fact an extremely dangerous guy. >> martin dempsey. >> today we have in iraq a partner, not an adversary. >> reporter: but 2003 to 2008 was a nightmare of roadside bombs and civil war. a hard lesson. >> we went into iraq without a real plan for how to stabilize the place afterwards. >> reporter: 100,000 iraqis died. nearly 4500 americans lost their lives
that denies federal benefits including tax benefits to same-sex couples who are married in states that allow that. let's go live to cheryl hurd in san francisco for tonight's same-sex marriage rally. cheryl? >> reporter: steve, the fight for gay marriage is being heard all over the bay area. as you can see they are preparing for a marsh that starts in the castro and will make its way to san francisco city hall. chris worthington is holding one of the rainbow flags that will fly at city hall on tuesday and wednesday as the supreme court hears oral arguments on prop 8 and defense of marriage act. >> i don't think the purpose of flying the flag in oakland, berkeley or san leandro is to try to change the supreme court's mind. it's to give encouragement and support to people that believe in marriage equality. >> reporter: it makes sense for support to come from the city of berkeley. two of the plaintiffs in the case to overturn prop 8 are berkeley residents. >> i think the more people talk about it, and the more they know somebody who is openly gay or lesbian, the more that it sort of stops being
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